Default Sort Order in File Dialogs

So for some reason, my file dialogs began to sort by last modified date instead of by name like it used to. I mean right when the file dialog popped open, it’s sorting order was last modified date or something to that effect. I can manually change it back to sort by name, but that got tedious whenever I wanted to search for files. This appeared in both every save and open file dialogs. I sent a email to the Shell Team discussion list and they weren’t of much help. They claimed there wasn’t really any way to change the default sorting order of a file dialog. I even tried resetting all my folder display settings, but that didn’t work.

I actually did some research a month ago trying to fix this problem. I mean if I can change it, I should be able to change it back right? Even with my “1337” searching skills, I came up empty handed. However, I guess I was searching with the wrong keywords, but I swear, I tried searching with the same keywords again: sort order file dialog, and this time it showed up near the top of the 1st page. It was actually a forum post that linked to this site: Fix Sort Order. It was apparently a easy registry fix! But the way it is fixed is pretty obscured. From the .reg file:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“ShellState”=hex:24,00,00,00,33,80,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,\
00,00,00,01,00,00,00,0d,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00

My registry entry showed:
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\
Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer]
“ShellState”=hex:24,00,00,00,33,88,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,01,\
00,00,00,01,00,00,00,0d,00,00,00,00,00,00,00,02,00,00,00

I’m not sure how my registry got changed there, but this did fix it, although it required a log off.

It also changed my start menu from xp mode to classic mode, so I’m guessing one of those numbers there is the start menu mode, while the other is the file dialog default sort order. Guess you can feel free to play around with it if you’re brave enough.

For those who get stuck in this situation, I hope this helps!


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